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Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

Shingles Pain: There is a nerve pain pill called Gabapentin that has become a common drug to treat shingles pain. Other anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or aleve are also commonly used. Some people also get relief from the anti-histamines: claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra if not benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Any good ways to help relieve the pain from cluster headaches?

Any good ways to help relieve the pain from cluster headaches?

Pain relief: In the short term, oxygen therapy may help. The best results I have seen in my patients comes when they begin taking verapamil on a daily basis until the episode of cluster migraine has resolved. Steroids may also be helpful but i try to avoid them if possible. If you have cluster, i hope you are seeking the advice of a neurologist. It is an incredibly painful and frustrating medical problem. ...Read more

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Any ideas as to how to reduce the pain of fibromyalgia?

No magic bullet: Focus on solutions to improve two of the most common associated problems - poor sleep quality, and chronic lack of physical activity. Symptom scores of pain do improve when these two areas are addressed and quality of life is improved. ...Read more

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Any ideas as to how to reduce the pain of fibromyalgia?

Any ideas as to how to reduce the pain of fibromyalgia?

Exercise, meds: Exercise and certain medications, like antidepressants which effect norepinephrine can be quite helpful. Avoid narcotics - for this condition, they do more harm than good! ...Read more

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What are some ways to help or ease pain from an injury?

What are some ways to help or ease pain from an injury?

RICE: Rice equals = r= rest i = immobilization / ice / anti-inflammatories / immobilization c = compression e= elevation. ...Read more

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What are ways to ease the pain from trigeminal nerve pain in the lower jaw that i can do at home?

Trigger?: Modify or decrease the trigger agent. Trigeminal nerve pain usually has a trigger; such as when brushing the teeth, brushing the face lightly, or air blowing on the face. Certain medications like Carbamazepine can assist in relieving the painful jolts. ...Read more

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How to ease the pain of bone cancer without pills to relieve pain?

Percutaneous ablatio: Dependent on where the tumor is, how many sites it is in and what it is it is sometimes possible to treat them with ablation technology. This would use either cold or heat delivered through probes placed with ct guidance. Sometimes re-enforcement at the site is needed and this is done with with what is called bone cement. This is all done percutaneously (through the skin) and not with big incision. ...Read more

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What can I use to lessen the pain of genital herpes? The sores are open and it hurts to clean. Help!

What can I use to lessen the pain of genital herpes? The sores are open and it hurts to clean. Help!

See details: You need to be on a medication that will specifically treat the outbreak. The meds you are currently taking have no benefit for this issue. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the best way to heal or ease the pain of sunburn?

Please advise what is the best way to heal or ease the pain of sunburn?

Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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Best remedy to stop toothache pain at home? I've heard of orajel. Is that the best way to deal with minor toothache pain at home, or are there other, better things? .

Best remedy to stop toothache pain at home? I've heard of orajel. Is that the best way to deal with minor toothache pain at home, or are there other, better things?


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As : As the other doctors have advised, it is prudent to make an appointment with a dentist and have your teeth checked out to determine the cause of the toothache, however minor. Orajel is only a topical analgesic. It might not effectively relieve your pain. Any painkiller will only temporarily relieve your symptoms, but it is wise to get to the bottom of the problem, so it doesn't return twice as worse. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

Yes.: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how to ease the pain from bowel spasms?

Any suggestions on how to ease the pain from bowel spasms?

There are many drugs: There are many drugs to help spasmodic pain in the bowel. They typically are anticholingeric drugs and there are many. They cost little. But see your doctor, because there are many causes for this! ...Read more

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What are some ways to lessen the pain from the norovirus?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) : Norovirus represent about 90% of the intestinal viruses which cause human disease. It causes severe intestinal distress with fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea being common. Patients report body aches which relate to the body's response to the virus. All we can offer is relief of any fever or pain using tylenol, (acetaminophen) which is preferrable to Ibuprofen or other NSAID which can irritate the GI tract. ...Read more

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What are recommended ways to relieve back pain from sports?

What are recommended ways to relieve back pain from sports?

Exercise: Warm up for 5-15 minutes before sports. Stretch before and after activity to stay flexible. Do core strengthening exercises, strengthen your hip and pelvic muscles, consider a formal physical therapy program if home exercises aren't cutting it. ...Read more

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What are good ways to lessen the pain in my nipple?

What are good ways to lessen the pain in my nipple?

Heat and massage.: First what is causing the pain? Is it under the nipple, in the breast, in the muscles under the breast, being referred to the nipple from the shoulder? Any discharge, bloody, milky, pus? Are you on birth control pills? Have you ever been pregnant? Get to your doctor who will put this puzzle together. ...Read more

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Any good back pain relief medicine, patch, any thing that would help muscle pain in the back area?

Any good back pain relief medicine, patch, any thing that would help muscle pain in the back area?

Over the counter: If over the counter anti-inflammatory medications do not help then it may be useful to see a physician if pain continues past a few weeks. ...Read more

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I've got a wisdom tooth coming in. Are there any good ways to ease the pain from this?

I've got a wisdom tooth coming in. Are there any good ways to ease the pain from this?

See dentist: The best way is to get the tooth removed. Keeping the tissue of the erupting tooth helps reduce pain. You can also take some tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, Ibuprofen or aleve. See a dentist to get the tooth checked out. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help ease the pain of a sore neck.?

What is the best way to help ease the pain of a sore neck.?

Why is the neck sore: The best approach would be to determine the cause of soreness and address the etiology. You may try warm compresses, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Regular aerobic exercise is generally good for maintaining the health of muscles, ligaments and bones and is a good preventive measure against musculo-skeletal pain. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the quick and efficient ways to get rid of pain from wisdom teeth?

Get to the dentist!: The quickest and best way to get rid of the pain associated with wisdom teeth is to get to the dentist and have them evaluated as to the presence or absence of infection and whether or not they need to be removed. Until then, you can take otc pain medication as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more